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Pfizer’s COVID vaccine 90% effective in younger children

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing symptomatic forms of the disease in children aged 5 to 11, the company said in a document released Friday. The new data were published on the website of the Food and Drug Administration, which has called an advisory panel of independent experts to meet Tuesday to decide whether to ...

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Grab some art and help some hearts – Heart Research UK launch art inspired fundraising campaign where YOU can bag a piece of unique world-class art 

National charity Heart Research UK have launched the ‘anonymous heART project’ 2021, an online fundraising campaign that will see hundreds of anonymous one-of-a-kind masterpieces created by huge names from the worlds of art and entertainment go up for auction on eBay. Heart Research UK Patrons Robert Smith (The Cure) Paul Insect and Christopher Kane have joined the likes of Chvrches, Jamie Hewlett, Ralph Steadman and hundreds of international stars and artists who have ...

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Canada hospitals use drones to carry lungs for transplant

In the dark of night, a drone takes off from a Toronto hospital rooftop, the hum of its rotors barely audible over the bustling sounds of the cars and pedestrians below in Canada’s largest metropolis. On its maiden flight, with a bird’s-eye view of the city’s glistening skyline as it glides over apartments, shops and office towers, the drone is ...

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One billion COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the WHO European Region – but risks for the unvaccinated leave no room for complacency

Copenhagen, 20 October 2021 As of today, one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the WHO European Region. “This is a big number and a major achievement credited to all the health care workers relentlessly saving lives on the frontlines of this crisis, but we can’t allow hubris to take hold. Dig deeper and you discover that ...

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28M children aged 5-11 to be vaccinated: White House

Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school youngsters in a matter of weeks. Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks ...

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Gates Foundation commits $120 million to support access to new Covid pill

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an investment of up to $120 million in an effort to speed up low-income countries’ access to a new anti-Covid drug. The treatment, a pill called molnupiravir developed by US lab Merck, reduces the risk of hospitalization by half in COVID-19 patients who take it in their first few days of infection, the ...

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US plans to tackle toxic, widespread ‘PFAS’ chemicals

Commonly known as “forever chemicals,” PFAs can be found in water, air, food, packaging or even in shampoo or makeup, but on Monday the United States unveiled plans to tackle these ubiquitous and potentially harmful substances. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a three-year plan aimed at setting maximum thresholds in drinking water for the chemicals, technically called per- and ...

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EU has exported over 1.0b COVID-19 vaccines to over 150 countries

Over one billion COVID-19 vaccines produced in the European Union have been exported to more than 150 countries since December 2020, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday. “Very clearly, the European Union is the largest exporter of COVID-19 vaccines,” von der Leyen said in a statement, noting the EU has exported as many ...

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Italy imposes mandatory COVID health pass for work

Italy made COVID-19 health passes mandatory for all workers from Friday in a test case for Europe, with the measure being applied mostly peacefully across the country despite scattered protests. Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s cabinet approved the rule – one of the world’s strictest anti-COVID measures – in September, making it obligatory from Oct 15 for all workers either to ...

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Covid-19 vaccination: Info about students aged 12-17 sought

The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) has directed all schools and colleges in the city to send information of students aged 12-17 for the Covid-19 vaccine. The educational institutions in the city have been asked to send information about students by e-mail within October 19. A statement signed by Director General of DSHE Prof. Dr Syed Golam Faruk ...

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